Dr. Randall J. Webb, 65, 66
Northwestern State University
It is hard for me to believe that it has been 10 years since I was
given the great honor of serving as president of Northwestern State University.
That milestone has given me the opportunity to reflect on what has been accomplished
along with the work that remains to be done.
When I took office, I was fortunate to be preceded by Dr. Robert Most, who did an
excellent of job of guiding Northwestern through some difficult times. Because of his leader-
ship, I was able to focus on how to improve all areas of the university.
Over the past 10 years, Northwestern has made major steps forward. The university's
academic programs are stronger, and people around the nation are more aware about what
is being accomplished at Northwestern.
In the past decade, enrollment has continued to grow, exceeding 10,000 students for
the first time ever. There was a decrease last fall as new admissions standards were imple-
mented. However, we are confident that the university will attract better students and our
student population will remain strong.
Over the next few months, the university will prepare for the reaffirmation of accredita-
tion by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
This is a rigorous process, but it forces each area of the university to go through self-exami-
nation and determine how to improve.
Northwestern is fortunate to have alumni, students, faculty and staff who care so deeply
about the institution and the work it does. Working with bright, dedicated people each day
makes my job more enjoyable. I look forward to being part of more future successes at your
Dr. Chris Maggio, 85, 91
Director of Alumni and Development
My fellow alumni,
It is more evident than ever that Northwestern is blessed with
generous and enthusiastic alumni. In the spring of 2000, we
launched the university's first-ever Capital Campaign, "For A Brighter Tomorrow," an ambi-
tious quest to raise $18.84 million to be used for endowed scholarships, endowed profes-
sorships and chairs and faculty/staff support. I am very excited to announce that we have
exceeded our Capital Campaign goal far ahead of schedule. It is clear by the success of
the campaign that Northwestern's alumni and friends are deeply supportive of the univer-
sity and its role in enhancing our lives.
Your pride in your alma mater was reflected this past spring when a series of e-mails
and phone calls circulated the country encouraging everyone to vote for NSU in the Pontiac
Game Changing Performance contest. NSU had more votes than the three other large
schools combined. Many alumni let me know that they forwarded the information to friends,
relatives and co-workers everywhere, encouraging them to cast their vote for Northwest-
Your response in these endeavors illustrates that, when called upon, NSU alumni and
friends pull together to support the school.
Another opportunity to create a visible reminder of your connection to Northwestern is
through the Alumni Plaza, currently under construction. Engraved bricks, tiles and other
personalized fixtures are still available for those who desire a permanent and tangible record
of their esteem for NSU. I look forward to the plaza's completion, when visitors will be able
to walk through the plaza paved with names of those who hold their memories of North-
western close to their hearts.
I constantly tell others that NSU is a special place. As the university continues to
grow, it fulfills a vital role, not only in the lives of the students enrolled here, but in the
community of leadership beyond. I look forward to what the future holds for Northwestern
and I thank you for your continued support of the university.
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Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989
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Matt Koury Leesville, 1995
Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958
Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970
David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973
Kip Patrick Shreveport, 1995
K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972
Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches, 1983
Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964
Ricky Walmsley Covington, 1985
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Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis-
sion on Colleges of tlic Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools (1866 Southern Lane. Decatur. Georgia 30033 ni'i,
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac-
calaureate, Master's. Specialist and Doctorate degrees.
It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi-
ana not to discriminate on the hasis of race, color, religion.
sex. natumal origin, age, or dtsahility in its educational pro-
grams, activities or employment practices.
Webb reflects on 10 years
of progress at Northwestern
Ten years ago, Northwestern State President
Dr. Randall J. Webb took office with a simple goal -
to make the university the best it could possibly
be. After a decade the results are clear.
orthwestern has gained unprecedented state and
national attention for its achievements. The uni-
versity is attracting better students and alumni,
and friends and supporters have responded strongly to
NSU's first capital campaign.
"From the time I took office, I wanted to have a
focus on excellence," said Webb. "There is not one area
of the university that has not been strengthened, espe-
cially academics. And that is because of a combined
effort by alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of
the university. The president receives a great deal of
credit, but we would have not had success without many
people working to make Northwestern
"We have instilled a special
jV pride in our alumni about the uni-
versity. That's something I see
Webb regards the opportu-
ne nity to serve as Northwestern's
president as the fulfillment of a
personal and professional dream.
His family has always had a strong
tie to the university. Approximately
50 relatives, including both of
his daughters and sons-
in-law, are alumni
of the university.
Joe and Narvis
Webb taught me
to love and revere
this university and
the people who
played a role in its
said Webb. "I am
so fortunate that my
wife Brenda has al-
ways been support-
ive of my work and
has been a partner in
every sense of the
word as I have rep-
ern. She works tire-
lessly in fundraising
and is involved in nu-
merous activities with faculty, staff, administrators, stu-
dents, alumni, and other community members and
friends of the University."
Over the past 10 years, Webb has placed an em-
phasis on strategic planning, getting each unit at NSU
to become involved in setting goals and objectives for
The first goal he set was to obtain 100 percent ac-
creditation of eligible academic programs. That goal
was met in 2001.
"The purpose was to demonstrate the overall qual-
ity of education at Northwestern," said Webb. "You
cannot have a nationally accredited program without
excellence in all areas of general education. For ex-
ample, the College of Business depends on good in-
struction in mathematics. The theatre program is helped
by good instruction in English. This shows that we have
outstanding programs in all areas including those areas
that do not have accrediting bodies."
NSU has had two students earn Goldwater Schol-
arships. The university has also had its first recipient of
the Marshall Fellowship. The campus literary maga-
zine, Argus, has been honored as one of the top five in
the nation for three years in a row. Potpourri, the stu-
dent yearbook, has been named as the nation's best col-
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Campus New s
Students in computer
information systems have
won nine national cham-
pionships in competition
against some of the
nation's top universities,
including five consecutive titles in systems analysis.
"I always look for third party validation at Northwestern to
emphasize the quality of our programs," said Webb. "You can
talk about how good your programs are, but it is meaningful when
outside parties say the same thing. The national championships
won by students in computer information systems and national
awards won by student publications reflect well on the entire uni-
Last fall, new admissions standards were implemented at
the university. The new standards caused a drop in enrollment,
but in the long run Northwestern should increase its retention
and graduation rates. NSU has worked to maintain enrollment by
establishing articulation agreements with many of the state's com-
munity colleges. A similar agreement was developed with the
Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. These agree-
ments make it easier for students to transfer from community
college or the Louisiana School to Northwestern. The university
also worked with Bossier Parish Community College to estab-
lish a BPCC branch on the Northwestern campus.
Northwestern has sought to develop new academic programs
to meet the needs of its students and changes demanded by busi-
ness and industry.
New academic programs have been created including
bachelor's programs in criminal justice, heritage resources, elec-
tronics engineering technology and theatre, along with a
bachelor's in liberal arts in the Louisiana Scholars' College. A
new graduate program in heritage resources is in its first year.
'"Gaining new academic programs is very difficult, but our
faculty have been very perceptive in seeing unique areas in which
the university can develop programs to fill specific needs," said
Webb. "As a result, our new academic programs have been very
Northwestern has tremendous success delivering classes by
distance learning, which includes classes offered by Internet and
compressed video. Ten degree programs are available electroni-
cally and several hundred students take exclusively electronic
"Distance learning has been a tremendous success," said
Webb. "There is great demand for classes that are offered any-
time, anywhere and Northwestern moved into this area at just the
In recent years, the renovation of Russell Hall, now the home
of the College of Business, was completed. Multi-million dollar
projects to renovate Morrison Hall and the Family and Consumer
Sciences Building were also completed.
"Each of these buildings has been an important part of
Northwestern's history," said Webb. "By renovating these build-
ings, we preserved part of the university's past yet provided stu-
dents with modern classroom facilities."
NSU students voted to construct the Wellness. Recreation and
Activity Center on the site of the former Intramural Building. A
new 380-bed residence hall. University Place, was constructed and
the university is considering plans to modernize student housing
"The Wellness Center was an idea initiated and funded by
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Northwestern students. By working with the staff at NSU's Physical Plant,
we designed a center that gave students the best value for their dollar,"
said. Webb. "University Place evokes past architecture at Northwestern and
is very popular with students. Current students require different housing
options and we will work with them to provide the best, most modern resi-
dence halls possible."
Webb is continuing to work toward a long-term goal to establish a
fiber optic network on campus. Last fall, Northwestern expanded its wire-
less network, making it easier for students to access information wherever
they are on campus.
The university's athletic program has unprecedented success over the
past decade. In 2004-05. NSU became the first Southland Conference mem-
ber in the league's 41 -year history to sweep football, men's basketball and
baseball championships in the same athletic year.
In the past decade. Northwestern has won 21 Southland Conference
titles in seven sports: football, men's basketball, women's basketball, base-
ball, women's soccer, softball men's track and field. There have been 10
SLC Tournament championships in that time.
In the past decade Northwestern has made 15 NCAA and one WNIT
postseason appearances. The most memorable were the Demons' win over
Iowa in the NCAA Tournament and the football team's drive to the Divi-
sion I- A A playoffs in 1998.
Track and field has seen athletes win 1 7 All-America awards for top
finishes at the NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
"Our athletic program has been an important part of the success at
Northwestern," said Webb. "I am proud that we have built programs that
do things the right way. We have had great success on and off the field.
Northwestern has won conference championships, and competed on the
national level while our student-athletes have excelled academically."
For all of the good things that have happened, Webb is determined to
keep pushing to move the university forward.
"We have accomplished a great deal, but there is more work to be
done." said Webb. "Northwestern has become a household name around
the state and is better known around the nation. The reputation of the uni-
versity adds value to the degrees held by each of our alumni. It's a good
time to be associated with Northwestern."
Bricks & Tiles
Northwestern alumni and friends still have the
opportunity to leave a 'visible symbol of their love for
NSU by participating in the development of the Alumni
Plaza, a landscaped space currently under construc-
tion in the heart of the Fine Arts complex. The plaza
will feature a fountain surrounded by engraved gran-
ite tiles and will be paved with engraved bricks bear-
ing the names of NSU graduates, friends, faculty and
supporters. The plaza's location is in a tranquil, yet
prominent setting in the heart of the Fine Arts com-
plex, which will be enjoyed by all who visit campus.
Granite tiles will be installed surrounding the
fountain in the Alumni Plaza. The tiles measure 12
by 12 inches and can include three lines of 13 char-
acters, including spaces, on each line. A gift of $300
will demonstrate a donor's level of commitment to both
the past and future of NSU.
For a donation of $100, a 3-1/2 by 7-1/2 inch
brick can be purchased with a maximum of three lines
of 13 characters, including spaces, on each line. For
a donation of $75, the same brick may be purchased
with a maximum of two lines of 1 3 characters on each
"Our desire in creating the Alumni Plaza is not
only to provide a tranquil setting that will be enjoyed
by all who visit our campus, but also to encourage
graduates to leave a personal remembrance of their
experience at NSU," said NSU President Dr. Randall
J. Webb. "The development of this project provides
an opportunity for Northwestern alumni to celebrate
their lifelong connection to the university by purchas-
ing engraved bricks, tiles or other fixtures that will be
included in the Alumni Plaza. Purchases may be
made for yourself, your graduate or in memory of a
loved one with ties to NSU, whether student, faculty
For more information, or to purchase a fixture for
the Plaza, call the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4243.
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Northwestern and its students help preserve
history through the heritage resources program
Northwestern State Univer-
sity is using its experience
in preserving history
along with rich local resources to
develop a new master's program in
heritage resources. The program be-
gan last fall.
the physical re-
mains and oral
traditions of past
ties. They in-
records, oral tra-
ditions and hu-
gram, which is
School of Social
on faculty in the
fields of ethnol-
ogy, cultural ge-
*'It has been
see what knowl-
edge and experi-
ence we all
bring to the
table," said Me-
lissa Hagan, a
dent. "Our in-
dedicated and concerned about us as
people; coming from a large univer-
sity, the University of Florida, I was
delighted to discover I am not a
According to program coordi-
nator Dr. ElizaBeth Guin, the pro-
gram is more interdisciplinary than
any other program.
"I am excited about the quality
and uniqueness of the learning ex-
perience we are able to offer our
students in this program," said Guin.
"We are tailoring the program to
produce professionals for mid to
upper level management jobs. No
other preservation degree program
offers the amount of practical field
experience with specific training for
management level jobs."
J.C. Rivers is a graduate student
enthused about the exceptional op-
portunities at in heritage resources
and its partnerships with federal,
state and private agencies to create
internships for its students.
"The professors are extremely
knowledgeable in their disciplines
of expertise," said Rivers. Moreover,
the professors impart much concern-
ing related disciplines outside their
field of expertise. Natchitoches is
the perfect site for study of Heritage
due to the Cane River National Heri-
tage Area, Cane River Creole Na-
tional Historic Park, Los Andes, Ft.
Jessup, Poverty Point, and many
other sites waiting for exploration.
I am a historian: other students are
archaeologists and anthropologists.
We are able to 'play in the sand box
together' due to the structure of the
classroom and field trip experi-
"Agencies work with students
in ways that will benefit the agen-
cies." said Guin. "There is involve-
ment in grant projects, fundraising,
interpretation, conservation and
documentation. This will allow the
students to develop an extensive
portfolio which they can use as they
look for permanent employment.
According to Guin, the program
is helping students prepare to edu-
cate the next generation about the
cultural landscape. Graduate student
Tamara Miller understands the im-
portance of passing on this knowl-
edge to children and community or-
"As a part of the heritage re-
source program we have worked
with local school children teaching
heritage education," said
Miller. "We have also been able to
work with local groups in the area
gaining experience that will benefit
us as we begin to work in our cho-
Miller was one of two students
who went to New Orleans helping
with mold abatement in homes dam-
aged by floodwaters associated with
hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
According to Guin, the program
is designed to turn out good heritage
resource managers. They should be
able to pull in experts from various
fields to work on a project together.
NSU alumni and friends can
help the heritage resources program
by sharing information about the
cultural landscape with the students.
The students and faculty are always
on the lookout for new project. They
can also assist by making monetary
donations to help students travel to
sites for research.
A bachelor's program has been
approved by the Louisiana Board of
Regents and is expected to begin this
For more information on
Northwestern's master's and
bachelor's program in heritage re-
sources, call the School of Social
Sciences at (318) 357-6849 or go to
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NSU produces first graduate to earn bachelor's entirely
through distance education
Kristen Shoemaker is in front of
the wave. When the 21 -year-old from War-
saw, Ind., walked across the stage in Prather
Coliseum during Northwestern State
University's spring commencement exer-
cises, she made history. Shoemaker, who
graduated with a grade point average of 3.952
in psychology, is the first Northwestern stu-
dent to earn her bachelor's degree entirely
"Kristen has really applied herself and
found a niche and a way to learn in which
she excels," said her father. Ron Shoemaker.
"She has really put an effort toward this. The
flexibility that she had, where she could pick
the time to work was really important. She
was committed and learned responsibility."
Among her accomplishments. Shoe-
maker is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta
Honor Society and Psi Chi Psychology
Honor Fraternity. A motivated learner. Shoe-
maker found the convenience of on-line
mented her ability to
focus and complete
pendently. She is al-
Northwestern ' s
master's degree pro-
gram in adult educa-
tion, taking two
classes this summer.
"As my dad
puts it. I'm an aca-
demic athlete. This
is the time I can re-
ally get my educa-
tion and get it right and that's why I put forth
so much effort and time," she said. "You have
to be very independent for this kind of study.
You have to push yourself and this is a good
program for people who learn that way. 1
enjoyed it so much."
Kristen Shoemaker, the first Northwestern student to earn an undergraduate degree
entirely on-line, attended spring commencement exercises in May with her family. Prior
to commencement, Kristen and family members were introduced to many faculty and
staff who worked with Kristen through distance education. From left are Jimmy Long,
chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System; Tammy
Armstrong, secretary for NSU Electronic and Continuing Education; family members
Judy Collins, Ronnie Shoemaker and Ron Shoemaker: Kristen, Darlene Williams, Di-
rector of Electronic and Continuing Education, and NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb.
The demand for distance education is
growing and Northwestern has been at the
forefront of that trend for several years. NSU
offers several fully accredited on-line bach-
elors, masters and associate degree and cer-
Alumna Cheryl Wilson receives
Northwestern State awarded an honorary
doctorate of humane letters to Cheryl Reese
Wilson of Alexandria at its Spring Com-
mencement Exercises Friday. May 5.
Wilson, the chief operating officer at
Rapides Regional Medical Center, has been
the driving force behind a successful part-
nership between NSU and Rapides Regional
that has expanded health care training in cen-
"Cheryl Wilson is a visionary who saw
the opportunity to improve health care in
central Louisiana and worked to make it hap-
pen," said Northwestern President Dr.
Randall J. Webb. "By providing training
close to home, she knew more graduates
would remain in the area and she had confi-
dence that Northwestern would provide the
best possible educational opportunity. We
want to honor Cheryl because she has had a
major impact on the future of healthcare in
In 2001, Wilson was instrumental in
developing funding to allow Northwestern
to offer the Bachelor of Science in Radio-
logic Technology in Alexandria. Two years
later, she took a leadership role in develop-
ing a partnership with NSU to provide stu-
dents working toward the Bachelor of Sci-
ence in Nursing the opportunity to do clini-
cal training in Alexandria.
Through guidance provided by Wilson,
she coordinated the effort with the College
of Nursing to establish an extensive educa-
tional center in Alexandria to house both the
radiologic technology and nursing programs.
The facilities include a fully equipped 10 bed
nursing laboratory, classrooms for nursing
and radiology students, faculty offices and a
"This is a wonderful honor, not only for
me, but for my family as well," said Wilson.
"My grandfather, Harry 'Rags' Turpin, be-
gan a strong commitment to Northwestern
State University through its athletic program
during his tenure as head football coach and
athletic director for 30 years until his retire-
ment in 1956. I am proud to follow his foot-
steps and continue his work of developing
students through quality educational experi-
ences in the field of healthcare. The partner-
ship between NSU and Rapides Regional has
Cheryl Wilson was hooded by Dean of Graduate Studies
Steve Horton following conferral of an honorary doctor-
ate of human letters at the 2006 Spring Commencement.
expanded the outstanding clinical programs
of the College of Nursing and the radiologic
technology program to enhance the
healthcare system in Central Louisiana."
In 2002, Wilson was named to the NSU
Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple
Line and has been selected as a Woman of
Achievement, Central Louisiana in 2001 . The
chief operating officer at Rapides Regional
Medical Center since 1997, Wilson has also
served as interim chief executive officer at
Rapides and most recently at Dauterive Hos-
pital in New Iberia. She has 25 years of pro-
gressive hospital management experience
with HCA. From 1981 until 1997, she
worked at Brownwood Regional Medical
Center in Brownwood, Texas, where she was
chief operating officer in her final two years.
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PI KAPPA PHI Celebrates 50 th Anniversary
1956 - 2006
Homecoming weekend October 27-28,
Pi Kappa Phi will celebrate the
50 th anniversary of its chartering on the
On September 22. 1956. Phi
Kappa Nu, a local fraternity at NSU
for 29 years, became the Beta Omi-
cron chapter of Pi Kappa Phi. a na-
tional fraternity with chapters today
on 125 college campuses. This char-
tering of the local fraternity with the
national fraternity creates a com-
bined total of 79 years on the NSU
campus, an historic milestone for
Greek organizations on campus.
All alumni, family and friends
of Pi Kappa Phi are invited to the
fraternity's 50th anniversary cel-
ebration, to be held in conjunction
with NSU's Homecoming Oct. 27-
28. which will begin with a Friday
evening alumni social at the Pi
Kappa Phi house on College Av-
enue. Saturday's activities will in-
clude a morning Alumni Chapter
and Housing Corp meeting at the
fraternity house, tailgating before
This photo was
taken at the Pi
Kappa Phi Frater-
nity chartering ban-
quet in 1956. The
banquet took place
in the restaurant in
the Nakatosh Hotel.
the Homecoming game and a din-
ner at the new Natchitoches Conven-
In recognition of the chapter's
50 ,h anniversary on campus and in
appreciation to Northwestern for its
continued support of fraternal orga-
nizations on campus. Pi Kappa Phi
will present to Northwestern,
through President Dr. Randall J.
Webb, a clock tower to be placed in
the NSU Alumni Plaza. The clock
is 10 feet nine inches tall, two-sided
and electrically lighted. The clock
presentation will take place during
the Saturday evening semi-formal
When plans for the reunion be-
gan two years ago, the chapter be-
gan searching for a way to provide
a tribute to the fraternity's 50 th an-
"We wanted to do some type of
lasting donation, something that
would be placed on campus that
would have a plaque commemorat-
ing our 50 ,h year," said Jack McCain
Jr.. a charter member and the
chapter's first president. When NSU
President Dr. Randall J. Webb sug-
gested a clock for the campus, the
group began an enthusiastic search
for an attractive clock that reunion
organizers hope will be installed in
October, as part of the completion
of the Alumni Plaza, currently un-
Alumni will be sent detailed
information and reservation forms
this summer. Alumni may
e-mail their questions to
email@example.com or contact any
of the following honorary chairmen.
Anyone who would like to make a
contribution to defray the cost of the
clock can do so through the NSU
Foundation with a designated gift.
Jack McCain Jr., Founding Archon,
Wes Breeden, Re-Chartering Archon,
David Morgan, Event Coordinator,
Mike "Mickey" Murphy, Founder's
Event Coordinator, (504) 443-5004
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50+ Club Luncheon
Attending the luncheon were Annie Reed (49) and
Chester ('49) and Mary Jo ('49) O'Quin.
Andrew and Cheri ('52) Urban visited Osbin Blacke ('56)
and John McTyre ('57) at the 50+ Club luncheon.
Attending the annual 50+ Club luncheon were Andrew
Bruce ('58) , Representative Beverly Bruce ('56), Sarah
Owers ('52) and Glenn Owers ('80).
Benny ('56) and Beth Smith and Cindy Randies ('56)
attended the annual 50+ Club luncheon.
Jerry Epperson ('55). Earl Haynes ('55) and Dan Poole
('52) attended the annual 50+ Club luncheon.
Robbie Downing Averett. Lisa and John Downing visited
with Dr. Chris Maggio ('85 & '91 ) and their father Dudley
Downing (55) at the 50+ Club luncheon.
Louisiana Scholars' College Reunion
Nicole Bourgeois (04). Crystal Mallett ('05). Craig
Ponamsky, Kelli Walker ('04) and John Birch ('03)
attended the Scholars' College Reunion this spring.
Scholars' College alumni attending the reunion included
Andrew Davies (02). Joe Pitz (01) and Clint Benoit ('01).
Scholars' College Reunion attendees included Jennifer
Smith ('92), Kath Buntin, Kendi Hensen Pirn ('93),
Michelle Bergeron ('92) and Richard Bergeron ('92).
Scholars' Reunion attendees included Bonnye Busbice
Good ('95), Jason ('00) and Catherine ('00) Cline with
son Ben. Kristin Harkins ('98) and Matthew Fuikerson.
Dr. Betsy Cochran, former director of the Louisiana
Scholars College, enjoyed visiting former students
Melody Hypes ('99), John Ray ('99). Aimee Lasseigne
Stalder (98) and Kasey Songy ('99).
Carmella Parker ('99). Rick Morgan ('00) and Robin Shipp
Morgan ('00) visited at the Scholars' College Reunion.
Dallas/Fort Worth Crawfish Boil
Jill Cantrell ('93) and
Angela Hennigan Kelso
(95) visited at the annual
Jim Randolph (66) and Barbara and Peter ('(
Seymour enjoyed crawfish.
Terry (78) and Kathy
(77) Guin and Charles
| Dowden (78) attended
the annual Dallas/Fort
Worth Crawfish Boil.
Tommy (04 & 05) and
Jessica (02) McClelland
attended the crawfish boil.
Monty (56) and
cuisine at the annual
Amber Welker Fairless (00), Shannon Straty (00),
Lanny Lawrence (00), Angie Kovalcik, David Balcer (99)
and Michelle Byrnes enjoyed visiting other young alumni
from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Raven Brown (99)
and Andrea Bailey
visiting and eating
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NSU Foundation Scholarship Banquet
Shreveport/Bossier Crawfish Boil
Acting Head of the Department of Journalism Dr. Paula
Furr ('00), with Amanda Ward, recipient of the Michael
Peter Manno Endowed Scholarship, and donors Lynne
and John A. Manno. Jr.
The Crawfish Boil was a family affair for Lisa ('05) and
Chris ('98) Burns, Henry Burns (70) and Jamie and Julie
Friends Jason ('99) and Casey ('00) Doerher, Nicole
03) and Andrew ('04) Caloway, Corlyss Lecount ('05)
and Jonathan McMillan ('05) attended the Crawfish Boil.
Thi Pham, recipient of the Berrian and Cleavie Bailey
Endowed Scholarship, with Saidee Watson Newell,
donor, and Nicole Vasquez, recipient of the Eugene
Watson Endowed Scholarship.
Bubba Cordaro (73), Rusty George and Jason
Matthews ('92) kicked back at the annual crawfish boil.
Demons of Destiny 2006 Basketball Team members met
fans at the Shreveport/Bossier Alumni Gathering.
Dr. Doyle Bailey, donor, with Terri D. Davis, recipient of
the Doyle and Barbara Bailey Endowed Scholarship and
donor Barbara Bailey.
John McConathy ('51) attended the Shreveport/ Bossier
Alumni gathering along with Kevin and Georgia
Randy and Doris (74 & '89) Smith visited with Lisa (05)
and LJ Benson at the Shreveport/Bossier Alumni
Bill and Donna
Shield (71 &
Oklahoma City Alumni Gathering
& Louisiana Saturday Night
Henry Maggio, donor, with Brent Slaughter, recipient of
the Sam and Carmellite Maggio Endowed Scholarship
and donor Nita Maggio.
Carol Gunter, with Timothy Allen, recipient of the
Woodman of the World Endowed Scholarship and Jimmy
Attending the Louisiana Saturday Night Oklahoma City
Alumni Gathering were Ben Jackson. Otis Ferguson,
Janene Davis ('67), John Mallory ('82), Jill Bankston
('97), Tobie Thompson and A.J. Mallory.
Roper Memorial Golf Tournament
Donor Sadie G. Thomas ('43 & '69) with Brittany Graf,
recipient of the Sadie & Charles F. "Red" Thomas
Scholarship and Thomas. ('41 & '59)
Carolyn Sarkosi, recipient of the Sue Ellen Fogleman
Williams Endowed Scholarship, with donors Sue Ellen
Fogleman Williams ('63 & '67) and John R. Williams ('59
Rebekah Smith (left) and Cody Newson (far right) pose
with Rick and Mary Roper. Smith and Newson were
recipients of the Chris Roper Memorial Scholarship,
which is funded by the annual golf tournament.
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Alexandria Recruiting Reception
Many Recruiting Reception
Hosts Doc ('57) and
Sydney ('59) Bankston
opened their home to
NSU alumni and potential
students in Alexandria.
Assistant Director of
Recruiting for Graduate
and Adult Studies Misty
LaCour ('99) welcomed
Ted Jones Scholarship
Recipient Crystal Bowie.
NSU Recruiter Ashley
Crooks ('01) welcomed
Ted Jones Scholarship
winner Casey Soileau.
Don (75) & Virginia Burkett, and Caleb. The Burketts
hosted tj)e Many Recruiting Reception along with
daughter-in-law and son Mary Beth Scott VanSickle (03)
and Stephen VanSickle (04).
Assistant Director of Development Jill Parker Bankston
('97. left) and Director of University Recruiting Jana
Parker Lucky ('92 & '01 , right) welcomed Ted Jones
Scholarship Recipient Katelyn Yates.
Natchitoches Recruiting Reception
Leesville Recruiting Reception
David ('80) and Kim
Wright hosted the
Reception for NSU alumn
and incoming students.
Attending were President Randall J. Webb, Danielle Antoon, Ted Jones Scholarship
Recipient Heather Clayton. NSU recruiter Ashlee Crooks ('01 ), Amber Hamous and
Shreveport Recruiting Reception
Martha and Gene ('63) Koury opened their home to
Leesville alumni and potential students.
Hosts Keith (74) and Julie Bergeron
welcomed Shreveport alumni and
potential students into their home.
NSU recruiter Rebekah
Brocato (05) congratulated
Ted Jones Scholarship
Recipient Ton Ladd.
Attending the Shreveport Recruiting Reception
were Julie Davis, Ted Jones Scholarship
Recipient Megan Davis and NSU recruiter
Rebekah Brocato ('05).
Ruston Recruiting Reception
Ted Jones Scholarship Recipient Delia Smith was
welcomed by NSU recruiter Ashlee Crooks ('01).
Bossier Recruiting Reception
Hosts Susanne and Mike
Knotts ('86) opened their
home to Bossier alumni
and potential students.
Hosts Danny and Lenn (75) Prince
opened their homes to potential NSU
students and NSU alumni.
welcomed by NSU
Alumni attended the recruiting reception in Ruston were Tommy ('69) and
Cynthia Thomas ('69) Chester, Hostess Lenn Prince (75) Thomas Stewart
('38) and Earvin Ryland ('50).
NSU recruiter Rebekah Brocato ('05) welcomed Ted Jones
Scholarship Recipient Kimberly Grissom, who will attend
NSU in the fall.
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NSU Foundation Honors
two faculty members for
Dr. J. Mark Thompson (left) and Dr. Mark Schaub (right)
have been selected as the recipients of the 2006 Mildred
Hart Bailey Research Award at Northwestern State Univer-
sity. The award was presented at NSU's annual Research
Day by Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb.
Two Northwestern State University
faculty Dr. Mark Schaub and Dr. J. Mark
Thompson have been selected as the re-
cipients of the 2006 Mildred Hart Bailey
Research Award. The award was presented
at NSU's annual Research Day.
The Bailey Award is given annually
to a Northwestern faculty member or mem-
bers for outstanding research and/or dis-
tinguished artistic performance or creative
work substantially completed during the
past three years. Criteria for the award in-
clude: scholarly or creative significance;
national, regional or local impact; origi-
nality and ingenuity of project design and
critical recognition by experts in the field.
Schaub, an associate professor of fi-
nance, has authored or co-authored 35 ref-
ereed journal articles in his five years as a
Northwestern faculty member. He has also
published 13 papers and made 13 presen-
tations at professional conferences. Dur-
ing his time at Northwestern, student scores
on exit exams in finance have increased.
"1 am very honored to receive this
award." said Schaub. "A big motivation to
do the amount of research I have is that
there was a need for faculty in the College
o\' Business to produce research to main-
tain accreditation. Outside evaluators said
we were weak in the area of faculty re-
search, so I tried to help correct that weak-
ness. I was able to work with 10 other col-
leagues to produce publications."
Thompson, a professor of trombone,
low brass and brass methods is in his sixth
year on NSU's faculty.
A charter life member of the Interna-
tional Trombone Association, Thompson
has been very active in literature-related
activities since 1989, including service as
Chair of the Publications and Literature
Committee. Editor and co-author of French
Music for Low Brass Instruments.
He is also editor and co-author of the
second edition of Solos for the Student
Trombonist published in 2004. His writ-
ings have also appeared in the Interna-
tional Trombone Association Journal. Th-
ompson was a featured artist/clinician at
the 1997 International Trombone Festival,
and he performed at the 1 995 International
Brassfest. He was a featured soloist with
the South Arkansas Symphony in 2005.
Earlier this year, he was a featured soloist
with the Shreveport Symphony and the
U.S. Army Orchestra.
"I get to do something I love that is
very rewarding," said Thompson. "To re-
ceive recognition from others for doing it
gives me a deep level of satisfaction. It
takes a great deal of effort to stay current
by attending conferences, authoring pub-
lications and books and performing con-
Family members joined Rev. Dudley Downing for the
announcement of a scholarship in his name. From left
are Robbie Downing Averett, Rev. Downing, Lisa Down-
ing and John Downing.
A scholarship fund has been estab-
lished at Northwestern State University
that honors the influence a high school
teacher had on a student. Ellis and Juanita
Coutee have established a $25,000 student
scholarship honoring Dudley Downing.
Mr. Coulee's former high school teacher.
The announcement was made during
NSU's 50+ Luncheon May 6.
Downing was a physical education
teacher and coach at Bolton High School
in 1956. Coutee was in his PE class.
"He asked me out of the blue what I
was going to do after high school gradua-
tion. I didn't know. He asked if I ever con-
sidered going to college and I said no since
I did not have any money. In the conversa-
tion, he asked if he could get me a scholar-
ship at Northwestern, if I would reconsider
and attend," Mr. Coutee said. "At first. I
thought, 'Me? A scholarship?" I almost
laughed after he left my presence but I told
him I would consider it."
Shortly before graduation, Coutee re-
lated. Downing approached him again say-
ing that he had secured Coutee a scholar-
ship at Northwestern if he wanted to go.
Downing had found Coutee a campus work
scholarship in the graphic arts/printing
department earning 45 cents per hour.
"I do not know why Dudley singled
me out and selected me when he could have
selected much better students.
"I want Dudley to know that we ap-
preciate his vision, his humanity and his
generosity," Coutee said. "This is a small
way for us to say 'thank you Mr. Down-
ing' in lieu of simple words."
Downing attended Northwestern
where he was captain of the football team
and was named an All-American in 1954.
He received the first MPV awarded. He
graduated in 1955 and taught and coached
at Bolton straight out of college.
Downing said he saw potential in the
"He was attentive and struck me as a
student with a lot of balance in his reason-
ing and thinking," Downing said. "He was
industrious and willing work for his edu-
Downing, who is a minister with a
practice in pastoral counseling, has lived
in New Orleans for the past 40 years.
"This is a wonderful tribute to a great
man. He was touched, literally to tears,"
said Dr. Chris Maggio, director of Alumni
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Downing, who provided a poetic in-
vocation at the 50+ Lunch, received a
standing ovation when the scholarship was
"Dudley Downing deserves this and
more in our view," Mr. Coutee said. "This
is a token of my love and appreciation to
Dudley for what he did for me. He made a
huge difference in my life. More than
words can explain or convey."
scholarship will go to
Ted (center) and Alice (right) Roberts established the
Marvin and Gladys Roberts Endowed Scholarship this
year. Also shown is President Randall J. Webb.
A scholarship to benefit a Northwest-
ern State University student has been cre-
ated that will honor the memory of two
people who believed in the importance of
The Marvin and Gladys Roberts En-
dowed Scholarship has been established by
NSU alumnus Ted Roberts of Shreveport
through a donation to the NSU Founda-
tion. The scholarship will be awarded in
the amount of $500 per year to a freshman
from Caddo or DeSoto Parish. Second
preference will be given to a student from
Marvin Roberts worked with the Loui-
siana Department of Education, served on
the DeSoto Parish School Board and was
a Louisiana State Representative from
Gladys Roberts earned a two-year
teaching certificate from Louisiana Nor-
mal, as Northwestern was known then, and
returned later to earn a four-year degree.
She taught in rural schools in DeSoto Par-
"Ironically, my father did not finish
high school. In those days, people often
quit school to work," Ted Roberts said.
"As a state representative, he backed sev-
eral bills that supported education, particu-
larly funding for universities. He was a
friend of education."
Ted Roberts and his wife both attended
Northwestern. He graduated in 1960 with
a degree in sociology. He is an agent for
State Farm, which will provide matching
funds for the scholarship. Mr. Roberts said
he hopes the scholarship will be presented
to an "average" student.
"I want to honor my mother and fa-
ther. This is a way to do it that is ongo-
ing," he said.
COE scholarship honors
memory of life-long
A scholarship has been established
through the Northwestern State University
Foundation to benefit a student in the Col-
lege of Education.
The Doris G. Chester Endowed Schol-
arship will be awarded each year to a jun-
ior or senior education major. The schol-
arship was established by Tommy and
Cindy Chester to honor Mr. Chester's
"She thought being a teacher was the
best thing you could do. It runs in our fam-
ily," said Mr. Chester, explaining that many
members of his immediate and extended
family have worked in education as teach-
ers and coaches.
Doris Chester attended Northwestern
as a business education major in the 1 940s.
Although she did not graduate, she was a
life-long learner and continued to take
classes over the years, while working and
caring for her family.
"In those days, they didn't offer a lot
of night classes, but if they offered some-
thing and she could take it, she would,"
Mr. Chester said. "Mother was adamant
about higher education. She thought edu-
cation was very important. When I came
along, there was no question that I was go-
ing to college. This is a way for me to
honor her." Mrs. Chester passed away in
Dr. Chris Maggio received a donation for the Doris G.
Chester Endowed Scholarship from Claire Chester
Wardell ('98 & '00) and Cindy ('69) and Tommy ('69)
Chester. Also shown is Sharon Sampite, assistant di-
rector of Insitutional Advancement.
Recipients of the Doris G. Chester
Endowed Scholarship must maintain a
grade point average of 3.0 or above. First
preference will be given to a student from
Bienville Parish, where Mr. Chester is a
Mr. Chester said the ideal candidate
for the scholarship would be a well-
rounded student with financial needs who
possesses the qualities to be a good educa-
Danielle Antoon (center) is this year's recipient of the
Monsour Communications Endowed Scholarship, which
was created this year by Glen (left) and Becky (right)
A scholarship has been established by
Monsour Communications to benefit an in-
coming freshman at Northwestern State
The Monsour Communications En-
dowed Scholarship was created through a
donation of $10,000 to the NSU Founda-
tion and will be awarded in amounts of
$250 per semester for one year only. Stu-
dents eligible for the scholarship will have
a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
"My company has been blessed in
Natchitoches," said Glen Monsour, owner
of Monsour Communications. "I'm a lo-
cal business owner trying to give back to
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Northwestern because NSU is so impor-
tant to economic development in this area.
"Natchitoches envelopes the NSU stu-
dents as part of the community and NSU
brings things to Natchitoches that enhance
the community." Monsour said.
Monsour Communications is a
Cingular Wireless independent agency and
service center. The company has been in
Natchitoches for eight years and has ex-
panded to eight locations throughout north-
"A big part of our success comes from
what Northwestern brings to this city,"
"This is an example of thanks from a
business owner who appreciates the NSU
students who buy products and services
from businesses here in Natchitoches,"
said. Dr. Chris Maggio, director of Alumni
and Development. "Scholarships of this
nature show the university and the com-
munity support each other."
Nursing student will
benefit from Stewart
Bart Stewart (70), left, and his brother Bill Stewart (77
& 78), right, have created a scholarship in memory of
their mother, Billie Nell Barton Stewart, to benefit a nurs-
ing student. The late Mrs. Stewart earned her degree
as a registered nurse after returning to school at age 52.
A scholarship has been established at
Northwestern State University to honor a
Winnfield native who earned her nursing
degree as a non-traditional student. Bill.
Susan and Bart Stewart have created the
Billie Nell Barton Stewart Scholarship in
memory of their mother with a donation
to the Northwestern Slate University Foun-
The scholarship will be presented in
the amount of $500 per year to a studenl
who is enrolled or has been admitted to
NSU's School of Nursing, having met the
academic requirements for enrollment.
First preference will be given to a
Winnfield High School graduate or a stu-
dent from Winn Parish.
Mrs. Stewart was a native of
Winnfield who worked in healthcare
throughout her adult life and returned to
school at age 52 to earn her degree as a
Registered Nurse in 1986. She was em-
ployed at Winn Parish Medical Center un-
til her retirement. She passed away in
"When she went back to school, she
was already working as a nurse but she
wanted to get everything out of the pro-
fession that she could," explained her son,
Bart Stewart. "She knew that the more
education you had the better able she
would be to care for her patients."
Mr. Stewart said his parents grew up
during the Depression and were hard work-
ers who appreciated everything they earned
in life. Many members of the Stewart fam-
ily attended and graduated from North-
"This scholarship should go to some-
one eligible to enter NSU's Nursing school,
who was a good high school student and
someone dedicated to the field of nursing,"
Mr. Stewart said. "We want someone who
would be as dedicated to the nursing pro-
fession as our mother was."
In a short ceremony at the
"three columns" marking the
site Northwestern was founded
in 1884, Pontiac representa-
tives presented a $100,000
check to NSU President Dr.
Randy Webb for the
university's general scholarship
Netting the donation was Jermaine Wallace's last-second, game-winning 3-point bas-
ket that lifted Northwestern State over Iowa 64-63 on March 17. Fans voted throughout this
year's tournament for the "Pontiac Game Changing Performance" in each round.
In the final round, Wallace's basket earned more votes than the other three plays
combined, the play was announced April 3 as the winner in the "Pontiac Game Changing
Performance" contest in the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
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Father and son team up to establish athletic scholarship
Father and son Terry Alario and Terry Alario Jr. are a unique
pair. They are the only father/son combination to have played
baseball for Northwestern. They both wore the #22. and now they
have established the Elsie L. Alario/ Alario #22 Scholarship in
honor of their mother/grandmother. •
"'She was a real NSU fan. She was so proud that her son &
grandson could both play for NSU. My Dad was a poor Cajun
fisherman, so she was the driving force behind my brother and
me because my dad was on the shrimp boat," said Terry Sr. "All
she ever wanted for my brother and me to have the opportunity
to go to school. So for me to have the opportunity was a big deal
for her. It was always in question, but that's all she ever wanted."
Now the Alarios are giving back to the university that gave
them so much. The scholarship is the 32 nd permanently endowed
scholarship to support an NSU student-athlete.
"My son and my love for NSU is immense," said Terry Sr.
"We are proud that we could both attend school there, play base-
ball and wear #22. It makes us proud."
Terry Alario, Sr.,
pictured in 1970
Terry Alario, Jr.,
pictured in 1995
Jim Willis (NSU '59 & '67) was honored May 17 by the Alexandria Aces profes-
sional baseball team. Willis, a Boyce native, threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Aces'
2006 season opening game at Bringhurst Park in Alexandria. After completing his athletic
career as a baseball pitcher and basketball player for the Northwestern State College Demons,
Willis pitched for the Aces in the late 1 940s while beginning his career as a teacher and coach.
He moved up quickly in professional baseball. In 1952-53. Willis became the first Northwest-
ern alumus to reach the major leagues, pitching for the Chicago Cubs. It was nearly 50 years
before another Demon made the big leagues.
Demons of Destiny
It's been a thrilling ride with the 2005-06 NSU Demons
basketball team. "The Demons of Destiny" rocked the college
basketball world and rewrote the record book under the guidance of
Coach Mike McConathy. To commemorate this magnificent season,
the NSU Athletic Association and the Demon basketball program
are offering a selection of souvenir items.
Items that can be purchased include limited edition, framed
and autographed photos of the famous shot by Jermaine Wallace or
the Demons in play. T-shirts, autographed caps and highlight DVDs
are also available.
To purchase a piece of NSU Athletic History, visit the NSU
demon Web site at WWW.nSUdeiTIOnS.COm
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Barbara Martin Bryan
Barbara Martin Bryan has lived a
life of Christian service that included
an active college career at Northwest-
ern, where she was involved in numer-
ous campus organizations and met her
Barbara was born in Springhill
and grew up in Minden, where she was
Miss Minden High School in 1961.
She was very active at her church and
school and at a young age, dedicated
her life to Christian service.
At Northwestern, Barbara ma-
jored in elementary education. She
was president of the Association of
Women Students, a sophomore coun-
selor, president of Purple Jackets and
was Miss Northwestern her senior year.
"I just loved Northwestern. Ev-
ery year to me was better and better. I
was very happy there," she said.
She was also very involved in the
Baptist Student Union (now called the
Baptist Collegiate Ministry), where she
met her future husband, Ed Bryan.
"We were friends and then we
started studying together." she said.
"He had made the commitment to full-
time Christian service when he was 16.
I knew I was marrying a preacher. I
didn't know how far it would take us."
As a sophomore counselor. Bar-
bara lived in the freshman women's
dorm and was a mentor to the new stu-
dents. She lived in Carondelet. Agnes
Mars and Louisiana dormitories. She
enjoyed going to ballgames and par-
ticipated on the synchronized swim
team, coached by Joyce Hillard, which
gave her the opportunity to travel. She
served on the student council and recalled
her graduation ceremony in Prather Coli-
seum as a special event.
"I didn't have a car. so I walked ev-
erywhere. We would all walk downtown
and walk to the movies," she remembered.
"My husband used to say the first gift I
ever bought him was an umbrella because
the one he had was broken on my side."
Barbara and Ed married in 1966 and
she began teaching while he was in semi-
nary. Over the years, he pastored churches
in Meridian. Miss.; Elton, Mer Rouge and
Pine Bluff, Ark., and Barbara taught
school. During those years, they had two
children, Tabi and Edgar IV. They were
then called to Powell, Wyo.
Moving to Wyoming was an adjust-
ment for Barbara, particularly leaving be-
hind family and her daughter in college at
Ouachita Baptist, but after a year, she grew
to love Wyoming and was deeply involved
in ministry there. In addition to church on
Sunday. Barbara led choir, taught Sunday
school, Church Training and Acteens.
They coordinated Bible studies, mission
work and visitation.
In 1997, Ed was diagnosed with can-
cer. The couple spent their five remaining
years together in Wyoming, where each
continued their work in ministry. Barbara
was Ed's care-giver and "administrative as-
After losing Ed, Barbara moved back
to Minden in June 2002, having spent 13
years in Wyoming. She cares for her 94-
Barbara Martin Bryan
Minden. She went back to school to
become certified to teach special ed and
will complete certification this sum-
mer. She is a member of Delta Kappa
Gamma and Kappa Kappa Iota profes-
Barbara is church missions com-
mittee chairman, which assists several
organizations such as Habitat for Hu-
manity, the Minden Boys and Girls
Club and local schools. She sings in
her church choir and is director of the
women's missions group. She coordi-
nates the Lake Claiborne ministry and
directs the upkeep of a house for mis-
sionaries on furlough.
Barbara's daughter, Tabi, is mar-
ried to the Rev. Ronnie Osborne, pas-
tor of Campti Baptist Church, and they
have three young daughters, Megan,
Anna Grace and Sara. Barbara's son.
Edgar IV. and his wife Autumn pastor
Fellowship Baptist Church in LaBarge.
"They are wonderful and I'm
blessed they are both in the Lord's
work. My children and grandchildren
are the joy of my life," she said.
Carrie M. Chapman,
December 14, 2005
Marion Stovall Russell
Curtis, April 3, 2006
Carolyn Adams Barron,
March 22, 2006
January 21, 2005
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Warner, January, 19,
'37 Flora Graves
Bradley, April 20, 2006
'62 Carlisle Brewer
Natchitoches, April 10,
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Winnie Dowden Wyatt
is an author, married
and lives in Grapevine,
Robert H. Stelter is
retired, married and
lives in Orange, Texas.
Hal H. Shackelford is a
executive for Sherwin
Company, married to
Shirley Frances Allen
Shackelford ('69) and
lives in Krum, Texas.
R. Michael Chance is
the senior pastor at
Raritan Valley Baptist
Church, married and
lives in Edison, N.J.
Veronica Mangione is a
account manager and
lives with her partner in
Jennifer Robinson is
the clinical head nurse,
SICU at Brooke Army
Medical Center and
lives in San Antonio.
Martinez Necaise is a
computer graphic artist
for Cenla Sports,
married and lives in
Dominic Koon is a
manager, Americas for
Nokia, Inc. married and
lives in Corinth, Texas.
Sharon Broussard is a
officer for Louisiana
State Parks, married
and lives in Baton
Bill Stone is a
counselor for MHMRA
of Harris County and
lives in Houston.
Chris M. Sliwinski is
employed at 3001, Inc.
as a geospatial
analyst, married to
Roblynn Gass Sliwinski
('95) and lives in
Shannon Collins is a
public affairs officer for
the United States Air
Roblynn Gass Sliwinski
is an executive
assistant at Tulane
University, married to
Chris M. Sliwinski ('95)
and lives in Covington.
David Ryan Camburn
is a United States
naval aviator, married
and lives in Belle
Blythe Leinenweber is
an insurance advisor
for Burl Wood State
Farm Agency and lives
in Piano, Texas.
Melissa Ann Johnson
Nugent King is a
paralegal for Lloyd E.
Hennigan, Jr., married
and lives in Trout.
Brennan Pralle is a
management analyst at
Fort McCoy and lives
in Tomah, Wis.
Melissa Kelly is an
supervisor stitcher and
cutter. She is married
to Jon Kelly ('01) and
lives in Austin Texas.
Elizabeth D. Womack
Shelton is employed by
Winn Parish School
Board as a teacher,
married to Cloy Steven
Jon Kelly is a technical
support supervisor for
Timewarner, married to
Melissa Kelly ('00) and
lives in Austin, Texas
Jennifer Lynn Roper
Dowden is a public
for Richland County
and lives in Columbia,
Jason Alton Riley is a
project manager and
lives in Montgomery,
Megan Sandlin is a
recruiter at NSU and
lives in Natchitoches.
graduated from NSU
with a degree in busi-
ness administration in
1989 and today is one
of the leading State
Farm insurance agents
in the state of Texas.
Originally from Tyler,
Texas, Adrian played
football and ran track at NSU and was involved with Phi
Beta Sigma. He was also the recipient of the Lester Latino
Memorial Award given by the coaching staff to the se-
nior player who best exemplifies unselfishness, leader-
ship by example, great work ethic, character and integ-
rity, productivity as a player, academic achievement and
campus and community involvement.
After leaving NSU, Adrian worked in management
for an appliance chain before joining State Farm as a
claims adjustor in 1991. There he became successful in
team projects and was encouraged to become an agent.
He is now a leader in his district and listed among the top
40 agents in Texas.
Adrian is involved in several networking groups in
the Irving, Texas, area, such as the Chamber of Commerce,
real estate groups and other professional organizations.
He has continued to support Northwestern by serving on
the Alumni board for five years and he is currently work-
ing with a group to establish a football alumni associa-
tion. He also plans to institute a scholarship with a
$10,000 pledge to NSU that will be supported by State
Farm's matching program. The scholarship will be for a
4 '1 feel it's important to give back to kids that have
the desire to get an education, but also have financial
needs," Adrian said.
Adrian identified Carol Long as an important mentor
to him and said his years at NSU gave me him advantages.
"Going to a small school environment was good for
me at the time," he said. "I built some strong relation-
ships that are still strong today."
Adrian resides in Bedford, Texas, with his wife,
Carol Phills Howard, who earned a degree in education
at NSU in 1990. They have a son. Brandon, 13, and a
daughter, Kennedy. 6.
Looking bacK spotlight
The Alumni Columns Magazine, the official publi-
cation of the Northwestern State University Alumni As-
sociation, has always been an exceptional publication,
dedicated to providing NSU alumni and friends on
what's going on with fellow alumni, faculty and stu-
The magazine was first published in 1938 as the
Normal Alumni Columns and cost 250. Its first edi-
tor was S.W. Nelken, the secretary-treasurer of the
Alumni Association. In March 1940, the publica-
tion was a one-time 5-column newspaper, but the
paper was soon suspended due to publication costs.
In 1943, Leroy Miller edited the new maga-
zine. Two years later, the magazine had a name change to its current
The Alumni Columns to reflect a changing university. In 1948, the publication under-
went another change to a monthly newsletter. The
newsletter had three editors, including Joe. W.
Webb, Roy G. Clark. Harrel C. Haile and Jerry
In 1987. the current Alumni Association
Director, Elise James, along with editor Jim
Johnson, made the magazine the currently
quarterly magazine publication it is today,
with slick paper and a full-color cover. Four
editors later, the magazine is still reporting
what matters to today's NSU alumni.
This fall, the magazine will have a
new editor, 1994 NSU alumna Leah
Pilcher Jackson. Jackson has been a
writer for the magazine for the past two
years while serving as the NSU News
Bureau's assistant director.
Joyce Mathis Smith, a 1935
graduate who became an el-
ementary teacher, has celebrated
her 100 lh birthday. Smith was
born and reared in Winnfield and
now lives in Morringsport.
Do you know who these members of the B.S.U.
Quartet from the early 50's are? If so, be one of
the first 10 people to contact the Alumni Affairs
Office at (318) 357-4414 and you could win a
Thanks to Eddie Spurgeon ('54 & '58) for provid-
ing the picture and information for this issue.
Congratulations to these people who knew the
'55-' 56 Basketball Team members picture in
the spring issue!
Ms. Ruth Herron—
Mr. Ted Duggan—
Sun City West, AR
Mrs. O'deal Pharris
Mr. Larry Skinner —
Mr. Kenneth Shaw-
Mr. Jim Adkins —
Mr. Billy Thomas—
Mr. Glynn Harris —
Alumni Columns Summer 2006 / 16
Alumni Information Update
Visit our website at www.northwesternalumni.com and click on "Update our files" or use this printed form.
Please fill this page out as completely as possible. We are constantly revising our records and your information
updates are vital to making the system work. The information from this form is also used for entries in the
"Class Notes" section. Please make a copy of this page and give it to any NSU graduate who may not be on our
list. We can't keep in touch with you if we can't find you! Thank you.
Name: (Miss, Mrs. Mr.)_
NSU undergraduate degree(s):_
NSU graduate degree(s):
_Year of graduation:.
Year of graduation:.
During which years did you attend NSU?_
Which organizations were you involved in while a student at NSU?_
Place of employment
Is your spouse an NSU graduate? Yes
If yes, what degree(s) did he / she earn?
Spouse's undergraduate degree (s)
Spouse's graduate degree (s)
_Year of graduation.
_Year of graduation.
Do you have children who are potential Northwestern students? Please tell us their names, contact information,
and what high school they attend.
Please return to: Alumni Center • Northwestern State University • Natchitoches, LA 71497
If you would like information from Admissions, Financial Aid or the NSU Athletic Association,
you can contact them at the following address:
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Room 109, Roy Hall
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Class of 1956 Reunion
Members of the Class of 1956 returned to Northwestern on May 5, 2006, to celebrate the 50 ,h anniversary of their graduation by once again
walking across the stage to receive their commemorative diploma.
From bottom, first row I to r : Floye Bogan Rains, Beverly Gourdon Bruce, Frances Garcie Bergeron, Joyce Coker McCoy, Cara Lee Hicks Smith, Bettye
Lea Beasley Bruning, Marcia Lee Dauzat, and Irene Trevillion Lee. Second row I to r : Ted R. Simon, Clyde Joseph Chaisson, J. Wayne Wilkerson,
Vernice Megason McFerren, Clarissa Richardson Craig, Mary Alice Phillips Grice, Hallie Nicholas Bellotte, Bobby Downs Hynson, Paula Haynes West,
Margaret Robin Myers, Helen B. Williams Jackson, and Lester R. Brosset. Third row I to r : Donald Ray Fuller, Tommy Ellis, Adrienne Averitt Raborn,
Williah "Cindy" Hodge Randies, JoAnn Tarver Dew, LaNell Goss Buvens, and Charles Eugene Johnson. Fourth row I to r : Osbon Blake, Jessie Loyce
Todd Plumb, William Herbert Plumb, Edith Jones Palmer, Sylvester Lamed Montgomery, Mervyn Stuart Baldwin, Thomas R. Straughan, and Mary Gordy
McLemore. Fifth row I to r : Harry B. Moore, Rose Marie Fertitta Dearing, Billy M. Dearing, Betty Lou Smith Moore, Perry Houston Miers, Wayne C. Dew,
Jenness D. Courtney, David E. Christman, and Benny E. Smith.
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